“Unforgivable Blackness: The Great Black Hope”
“Unforgivable Blackness: The Great Black Hope” – is inspired by the legacy of Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight boxing champion (1908-1915). Johnson was one of the most dominant champions of his time while unapologetically breaking down racial barriers. He remains a significant historical figure in boxing history with his 1910 fight against James J. Jeffries then dubbed as “the fight of the century.” Johnson was flashy, wealthy, talented, and arrogant. He exclusively dated and married multiple white women during the height of the Jim Crow Era and had a hobby of collecting fast sports cars. Prior to his emergence on the world stage, white boxers and spectators asserted that black athletes were not as talented, skilled or smart as white fighters. Johnson eliminated the stereotypes about black boxers one-by-one with each punch he threw to knock out his opponents. White boxing fans were constantly in search of a “great white hope” who could defeat the quick and powerful Jack Johnson.